• Pop culture museum plan clears Oklahoma Senate on second try

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A $25 million bond proposal to build a museum of popular culture in Tulsa has cleared the Oklahoma Senate, one day after the same bill failed when a senator said he mistakenly pressed the wrong button. The Senate voted 28-18 on Tuesday for the bill by Senate...

  • House tours let communities strut, bond, fundraise

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Across the country, spring is the season for house tours, a chance for the house-proud to strut their stuff, and for communities to bond, celebrate and fundraise. The tours, which generally raise money for historical societies, garden clubs and other non-profits, also provide...

  • Wingsuit flier thought he could manage the risk, avoid death

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Extreme athlete Dean Potter faced the risk of flying off the vertical rock walls he was famous for scaling with little more than a parachute on his back and thin fabric wings. Just two weeks ago, the man who talked of transforming "dying into flying," had posted a...

  • Mill Springs conservation being celebrated this weekend

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — The Civil War Trust and the Mill Springs Battlefield Association are making an announcement during a Memorial Day weekend ceremony in south-central Kentucky. The Civil War Trust says U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky's 5th District will attend the event Saturday at...

  • Warning light forces Hawaii-bound jet's return to LA airport

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Hawaii-bound jetliner returned safely to Los Angeles on Monday after a cockpit light suggested a fuel valve was open. Hawaiian Airlines Flight 3 was about half an hour over the Pacific Ocean, on its way from Los Angeles International Airport to Honolulu, when a...

  • Police say tourist from Texas drowns in Jamaica

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Authorities say an American tourist has drowned while swimming at a beach in eastern Jamaica. The Jamaica Constabulary Force on Monday identified the dead man as 36-year-old Harold Fox of Houston, Texas. Police say Fox encountered difficulties while swimming...

  • Plan for popular culture museum fails in Oklahoma Senate

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A $25 million bond proposal for a planned popular culture museum in Tulsa fell one vote short of passage Monday after a state senator said he mistakenly pressed the wrong button on his desk. Meanwhile, the House passed a separate $25 million bond plan to complete...

  • Tourist taking picture tumbles into Yellowstone park canyon

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Rangers in Yellowstone National Park have rescued a New York tourist who stumbled backward into a canyon while trying to take a picture. A statement released Monday says the 71-year-old man tumbled about 25 feet on May 10 before he stopped his fall by...

  • BASE instinct: The thrill to fly carries risk with each jump

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death of extreme athlete Dean Potter and his friend Graham Hunt in Yosemite National Park brought renewed attention to the risks of BASE jumping and it's more dangerous offshoot, wingsuit flying. WHAT IS BASE JUMPING? The term BASE jumping was coined by one of...

  • First lady: Libraries, museums are 'necessities,' not extras

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says America's libraries and museums aren't luxuries or "extras" that can be passed over while money goes toward other goals like creating jobs or teaching children. "So often our libraries and museums are doing the critical work to help us...

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